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Road Trip - Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel

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Ratings: 17
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 7.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel visit their website

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: heygeebee on 01-29-2012

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Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 9
Reviews by doktorhops:
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3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Time for a road trip down to Keatings Hotel... figuratively! Well technically this is a beer I've tried already on tap however not wanting to be a beer snob (sometimes) and jotting down notes into my phone, I decided to not review it at the tap... as I was quite possibly inebriated. Which is a difficult word to spell if you are it by the way, perhaps that should be the way that police can test if drivers are drunk: "Now spell inebriated sir".

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Presents with a clear burnt orange body and white minimal lacing.

S: A west coast style American IPA, so much so that if you had to pick between this Australian brewed beer and an American one you might be hard pressed; bold pine and citrus hops with a toasted biscuit/caramel base and a hint of passionfruit.

T: Sweet, but not overpowering, caramel malts come to the fore, followed by those bold pine/citrus hops and sharp (but expected) bitter orange twang in the finish. A brew very much true to it's west coast American IPA style.

M: Medium bodied with even almost creamy carbonation.

D: Well Holgate certainly can ace an American style, which in itself is cool, however there are already a billion+ west coast American IPA's out there does the world need another? Yes! But does an Aussie brewer need to blindly parrot a style that is tried-and-true? Yes, also! Ok, sure, fine, maybe you have a point but I'm not convinced we should be doing this when we could bring something unique and "Australian" to the brewing world, like Stone & Wood Pacific Ale. Anyway a decent, drinkable and very American styled IPA.

Food match: BBQ's, Asian cuisine, roasts - the American IPA suits all of these and then some. A great match for almost anything except dessert.

More User Reviews:
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows lots of juicy fruit, with pineapple, nectarine and peach confectionery notes.
The flavours instead focus on grapefruit along with a little clean malt.
Finishes quite dry with a piny, hoppy bitterness.
Carbonation is perhaps a little excessive.

Photo of joecast
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of HopSavant
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of smekermann
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of CaptainHungry
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased from Stanmore Cellars.

Pours a pleasant, mildly hazed orange hue, with a firm and smooth head of just off-white. Lace is speckled and patchy. After a while, the head dissipates, leaving just a suggestion of foam. Carbonation is fine, and there's some heft to the body. Looks pretty good.

Nose is rounded and fruity, with a bright bouquet of tropical aromas. Some mango, passionfruit, a little citrus and a sweetness rounding it out like pineapple juice. Malt provides a juicy basis: again giving a little sweetness, but staying away from getting too sickly. It's definitely fragrant and pleasant, without the sharpness you often find in an IPA, while maintaining a strong hop presence.

Taste is milder than I expected, but still pleasant. That juicy sweet malt again forms a firm basis, here with a little bit more oomph due to a slight lack of really strong bitterness on the back. The hops that do come through are leafy, slightly herbal and a touch peppery: giving a more organic and brusquer bitterness than the fruitiness suggested. Everything is still quite rounded, however. There's very little sharpness to it, which helps the beer integrate nicely, and makes it more drinkable as a result.

Feel is smooth and clear, with a pleasant smoothness behind it.

Overall, I'm pretty impressed. This is a very firm, well-crafted American IPA. It has loads of flavour, but balances the characters nicely, leading to a beer that is as drinkable as it is flavoursome. Nice stuff.

Photo of tbeckett
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of dansmcd
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Sail and Anchor, Fremantle

A - A dense finger of white head crowns a golden amber body. Decent lacing.

S - American hops up front, pine and citrus, fresh and wet.

T - Follows the nose up front with a good dose of grapefruit, orange and pine. Balanced with caramel malt.

M - Solid bitterness, medium to full body, nice and creamy, moderate carbonation.

O - A ripper. Plenty of punch and character at 5.5% abv. Highly recommended.

Photo of admiral
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of terence
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of heygeebee
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Revewing as a comparison to the on-tap version had some months ago. From iPhone notes.

Pours a 100% clear light clear amber, sadly no head.

Aromas and taste are driven by the usual pine, citrus, grapefruit, but the taste is light and a little watery. Having said that, it's very drinkable, almost sessionable, unusual for the ABV...

Not as good as bottle IMHO.

Photo of SmashPants
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: good quality 330mL brown bottle with stylish quality label. Nice.

Appearance: pours a pleasant amber-orange in colour with plenty of fine carbonation. A fairly demure head for an AIPA with sporadic lacing.

Aroma: plenty of pine and citrus hops per the style, with some tropical fruits. Refreshing.

Taste: follows the aroma quite closely - plenty of pine and citrus hops with tropical fruits again. Not mind-blowing, but a great example of the style.

Aftertaste: the strong hop bitterness comes through with some sweetness from the underlying malts.

Mouth feel: a fairly thin mouth feel with, could have used a bit more body. The carbonation is about right though.

Overall: a nice American IPA - worth the having. Pretty expensive per the Holgate norm, but you get what you pay for I guess. A fairly standard version of a top shelf AIPA.

Photo of chogm54
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml glass poured into half pint. 65IBUs, should be nice.

L - copper, pours a frothy thick white head. Clear. Loos inviting!

s- Herbal, moist soil and caramel mainly, with a hint of honey and mango

T - seems quite well balanced. biscuity malts, slightly sweet honey flavour with hint of lemon. The floral hoppy bitterness slowly ramps up, hitting on towards the end. The sweetness gets lost in the sharp finish.

F - Well carbonated, medium bodied, slightly creamy texture.

O - very solid American IPA - up there with some west cost USA IPA's I've had. Well balanced malt and hop tastes.

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Mosant
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I has a 330ml bottle. This beer won a silver medal in the 2014 CBIA Craft Beer Awards in the 1K category American Style Stong Pale Ale. The brewer notes this as an IPA with ABV of 6%.
Appearance: pours light Amber colour, clear with good clean white head.
Aroma: Amazing. Not just a few pine notes but a whole forest for pine aroma along with passionfruit. Close the the most intense I have found like this.
Flavour: excellent. Pine passionfruit follow through up front and wel balanced bitterness in the finish.
Overall: A real ripper. If you have not tried this I would recommend you give it a go. Despite the intense aroma and high alcohol content this beer is very sessionable and easy to knock a few over.

Photo of dgilks
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Pumphouse in Sydney

Clear amber colour with a small, foamy white head. Poor head retention.

Moderately-hoppy aroma with plenty of grapefruit and orange. Balanced.

A balanced IPA with a crisp dose of citrussy hops and some nice mild pine notes. A touch of caramel malt helps temper the moderate bitterness. Definitely a sessionable Australian IPA.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Good and refreshing.

A delightful little IPA. The flavour is good, it is clearly an IPA and despite being a little milder than I normally like it is well crafted.

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Road Trip from Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel
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